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Hvalba

About the village

Hvalba is one of the most northern villages on the island of Suðuroy, located on the east coast between two mountains and the west coast being close by. Hvalba is made up of large amounts of land as well as being surrounded by a lot of open land and therefore it used to be a village which was highly dependant on agriculture. Hvalba was once the largest village in Suðuroy and in the olden days it was the only village with a priest making it a highly valued settlement. But as the fishing industry became more important in The Faroe Islands villages such as Vágur and Tvøroyri grew larger and took over as the largest and most dominating villages in Suðuroy.

A well known part of Hvalba are the tunnels connecting Hvalba to the two other villages Trongisvágur and Sandvík. These tunnels are among the oldest in the Faroe Islands and are known to be very small and narrow and depict a much older Faroese society.

 

Source: fo.wikipedia.org
Photo: Bjartur Vest, Ólavur Frederiksen